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The idea that Philip Larkin sterotypes anyone is very far from the truth and reveals a lack of understanding of what he is saying. This is a wonderful poem written by one of our most far-seeing and human writers.
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OF COURSE he is afraid of getting old and dying! ! !
I don't find the tone mocking, simply a truthful observation of ageing/death as he sees it.
Larkin was not young when he wrote this, so if he does use a sterotype, which I don't think he does, he would certainly be including himself.
The last two sections of this poem are brilliant, moving, depressing and great poetry.
Here Larkin seems to stereotype the eldery in a mocking tone- maybe he is afraid of growing old?
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
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